Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Too Young to Die-Teens Taken Too Soon By Their Own Mother #parents #kids

When I first heard the news about what happened to these innocent& beautiful children at the hands of their own mother I was shocked. Sadly it's not the first time a mother, parent, has taken their children's lives but this was so recent and callous I couldn't help but share my thoughts on it.

I, along with others pray for their father's strength to overcome such a great loss. He has been serving our country in the Middle East while this happened. Children are beautiful gifts from God and should never be taken too soon, no matter how young or old all life is precious. May His love and strength embrace the father,family and friends as they overcome such a great loss. I wish there was more I could say or do, but hope their father is comforted knowing that they are both safe in the hands of God &watching over him.

My heart especially breaks for their father, who is serving our country overseas for the military. I could not imagine losing a child, let alone both of them and to the hands of someone who for so many years nurtured and protected them. I don't know why the mother did what she did. It was obvious she was depressed, acting on emotion and anger and decided to take their young lives for a foolish reason. She confessed to police she killed them for being too mouthy. Obviously kids and teens will be kids and they will rebel, parents need to learn how to manage their anger without abusing and killing our kids.

Parenting is hard work. As a stay at home mom, every day I pray for strength and restraint, but know in my heart and mind I would never harm my own children or anyone else. Children are challenging regardless of age. I wish she would have reached out for help sooner than that morning,when she called her mother about feeling depressed, but instead five days before, on the day she chose to go out and purchase a gun. She will now live the rest of her life knowing what she did. On a friends Facebook post in October for 'mommy week' she proudly posted the birth dates of her children,when she became a 'mommy':
Julie Powers Schenecker calyx powers 9/12/94 in germany and powers beau 9/29/97 in honolulu!October 20, 2010 at 6:02am

Not that I'd wish death on anyone, but I don't see why someone like this doesn't take their own life instead, but I guess it reflects the failings of many in society who support the murder of the unborn. If the world we live in doesn't respect the most innocent and vulnerable in the security of the womb,how will they learn to respect all human life?

I don't know if the mother had received previous counseling or medical treatment for her depression, but apparently she had issues she was unable to handle on her own and sadly family&child investigators didn't find any imminent danger towards the children despite the daughter having told her school counselor of anger issues and that her mom had hit her in the face several times back in November.

According to an AP report in the Miami Herald, authorities say Julie Scheneker killed her teenage daughter and son because she was 'fed up with them talking back and being mouthy'.

Authorities say Julie Powers Schenecker was taken to Tampa General Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday to be treated for a medical condition that existed before she was taken to jail. Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies - who oversee jail inmates - said they could not reveal Schenecker's medical condition, citing health care privacy laws. [Most likely a mental evaluation was involved. She has since been released to jail and was in court today.]

An arrest affidavit said Schenecker shot her son twice in the head in the family car "for talking back" as she drove him to soccer practice. The report said Schenecker then drove to their upscale home and shot her daughter in the face and head twice inside the home, as she worked on homework at her computer.

Schenecker's mother called police Friday morning, and told them she was concerned after her daughter had sent an e-mail saying she was depressed. Officers found Schenecker drenched in blood on her back porch - and once they saw the teens, the scene was so troubling that a stress team was called to counsel the responding officers, a police spokeswoman said.

Calyx, the girl, was 16 and a cross country running star at her high school. The 13-year-old son, Beau, was in eighth grade.

Investigators believe the teens "never saw it coming," said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. Both were killed with a .38-caliber pistol. The arrest affidavit said the weapon was purchased five days earlier.

Schenecker's husband, Parker Schenecker, is a career Army officer attached to U.S. Central Command in Tampa. He was working in the Middle East when the shootings happened.

In 2008, the family moved to Tampa and bought a $448,000 home in a quiet, upscale suburban neighborhood. As the sun set Friday evening, residents walked by crime scene tape that sealed off the cul-de-sac that the Schenecker family lived on.

The family appeared to be happy, at least according to friends - and they appeared to glow in photos posted online. The two teens were described as well-mannered by family friends. In several family portraits on Parker Schenecker's Facebook page, the four posed, smiling and relaxed.

"You all look so stunning and young. Did you find the fountain of youth and your not telling anyone!!!! WOW, you four look so good and healthy!!!" wrote one of Schenecker's friends on a dramatic black-and-white photo of the family.

Another photo shows the four in Santa hats. "What a great photo! You never disappoint! Your family is something to be proud of, look at how happy every one of you are!" a friend wrote in response.

In this photo:Left to Right:Neha Pital,Emily Kolilas,Sarah Otteson,Dayna Cline,Calyx Schenecker,Nancy Watkins,Katherine Woo

Parker Schenecker also posted several photos of Calyx's cross country running team.

Julie Schenecker's Facebook page says she studied physical education at the University of Iowa. In May 2010, she posted a video of her husband; he appeared in a real estate company's video about looking for a home in Tampa.

She posted words of encouragement on her daughter's running photos, reminisced about skiing in Austria in the late '80s and added more than 400 friends.[which has now gone down to 399 as of 1/31/2011]

On Aug. 24, she "liked" a link that read: "Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle."

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A Facebook memorial page has been set-up with over 8000 people pouring out their support and prayers to Calyx and Beau.

According to today's news reports,the new Tampa mother accused of fatally shooting her two teenage children previously was accused of physically abusing one of the 16 year old daughter:

On Nov. 6, police came to Julie Schenecker's home and spoke with her about the possible abuse of her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx. Officers didn't see any physical injuries.

Schenecker was not arrested due to a lack of evidence of a criminal offense.

Calyx said she had told a counselor that her mother had hit her in the face.

"She has been seeing a counselor for three weeks now for verbal abuse towards her mom," the report states.

Calyx said Nov. 2 she was on the way home from cross country and wanted to stop by Publix. There was an argument. Julie Schenecker waited in the car until she returned; then Calyx drove home with her mother in the passenger seat.

"(Calyx) Schenecker claimed she said something she should not have and she now regrets it," the report states. "This is when her mom began to hit her with an open hand on her face for approximately 30 seconds but she is not sure how long or how many times. Then at the gate to the neighborhood her mom hit her again one to three more times.

"When they were parked in the driveway her mom tried to hit her again but she held her mom's hands so she would not get hit. (Calyx) Schenecker grabbed her book bag and ran inside the house to her room. (Calyx) Schenecker advised she was wearing sunglasses during this incident and did not get any injuries. She claimed when she got hit her face was red."

Calyx told the officer that about a month prior to that incident, her mother hit her in the mouth in the car, causing it to bleed. That incident had not been reported to police.

"(Calyx) Schenecker said she was never hit like this before," the report states. "She is usually disciplined by getting her privileges and her belongings taken away from her."

Julie Schenecker told the officer that the incident began when she looked in a bag to see what her daughter purchased and Calyx told her to stay out of her business. "You're disgusting," and "You're not my parent," Schenecker said her daughter told her. Schenecker said she became upset and backhanded her daughter in the face three times, the report states.

Schenecker said words were later exchanged again, but when she tried slapping her daughter, her hands were grabbed, according to the report.

February 2, 2010:Teens' father speaks video of their father, Parker Schenecker, addresses the crowd at the Celebration of Life service for his children, Caylx and Beau

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